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- Rhymes: -ɛlə(ɹ)
smeller (plural smellers)
- Someone or something that smells, that detects scent
- 1898, H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines:
- "They could travel no further because of the high mountains which ring in the land, so say the old voices of our fathers that have descended to us the children, and so says Gagool, the wise woman, the smeller out of witches," and again he pointed to the snow-clad peaks.
- 1916, Swami Panchadasi, Clairvoyance and Occult Powers:
- Wonderful as they are, they have their counterparts in the works of man, as for instance: the camera, or artificial eye; the phonograph, or, artificial ear; the delicate chemical apparatus, or artificial taster and smeller; the telegraph, or artificial nerves.
- December 12 2009, The Age - My space Steve Flamsteed
- I'm much more of a smeller than a taster and I think that comes from being a chef.
- (informal) the nose
- 1868, John Wilson, Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2:
- But now, after the first close, in which we lose the fall—with straight right-handers we keep him at off-fighting--and that was a gush of blood from his smeller.
- 1872, James De Mille, The Dodge Club:
- After which Buttons landed four blows, one on each peeper, one on the smeller, and one on the mug.
- (informal) an accident; cropper
- 1922, P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves:
- A man's brain whizzes along for years exceeding the speed limit, and something suddenly goes wrong with the steering-gear and it skids and comes a smeller in the ditch.
smeller n or m
- (noun and weak verb): IPA(key): /²smɛl.lə(r)/
- (strong verb): IPA(key): /ˈsmɛl.lə(r)/
smeller (weak verb)
smeller (strong verb)